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Mayor Bowser Opens New Round of Bridge Fund Grants to Support Small Businesses

November 15, 2022
(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced a new $8 million round of the Bridge Fund grant program that will provide financial support to businesses and sole proprietors in the restaurant, entertainment, and retail sectors. “Our restaurant, entertainment, and retail industries are critical to our comeback,” said Mayor Bowser. “When we have great places for people to dine out, and shop, and visit, that not only improves the quality of life for our residents, it draws more...

Apply today for an Educated Eats Scholarship for Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts & ServSuccess Training

October 5, 2022
Named for a lifelong educator and chef who played a pivotal role in founding the education foundation, Educated Eats awards the Frans Hagen Scholarship, of up to $5,000, to individuals who are exploring a career in food service and those who demonstrate an interest in continuing education in the restaurant industry.Read more

FAQ: DC Required Harassment Training

October 4, 2022
DC Operators are likely hearing more and more about the requirement that DC restaurant operators with at least one tipped employee, provide harassment prevention training every two years to all employees. This requirement is a part of the Tipped Workers Fairness Amendment Act, which, if you recall, was passed in 2018 as part of the repeal of Initiative 77. There has been a long pause in implementation, largely due to Covid, but now the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) are certifying trainers and putting the mechanisms in place for businesses to...

Scholarships Available for Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts & ServSuccess Training

September 20, 2022 to October 31, 2022
Named for a lifelong educator and chef who played a pivotal role in founding the education foundation, Educated Eats awards the Frans Hagen Scholarship, of up to $5,000, to individuals who are exploring a career in food service and those who demonstrate an interest in continuing education in the restaurant industry.

Practical Tips to Foster Equity, Inclusion and Diversity within Your Organization

February 8, 2022
Creating a culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity (collectively referred to as EID) is complex and challenging. Many companies struggle to take the first step or may be limited by a lack of resources or time. But the journey to a culture that embraces EID and uses it to create healthier, safer and more inclusive work environments can begin with a few simple steps. Read more in our recent joint article with the Baltimore Business Journal. ---- The restaurant business is rewarding but tough. Operators need a health care plan that works as hard as they do. That’s why RAMW has...

Expert Video: Hiring Challenges and Solutions For Restaurants

July 21, 2021
We know that hiring and retaining employees is the largest challenge facing restaurant owners today. The video below features Chris Floyd, President and Founder of Capital Restaurant Resources . Learn from his experience how to deal with hiring issues for today and the future. Keep up to date with the latest industry trends and issues! Register for the "Changing Strategies for Changing Times" program to receive video interviews that will make a difference in running your restaurant! If you have questions regarding the "Changing Strategies for Changing Times" series, please...

COVID Vaccine & Legislative Updates for Restaurants

May 19, 2021
To help our restaurant clients stay current with ongoing legislative and industry developments, we have partnered with leading law firm Shulman Rogers and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington to provide regular updates. Here are highlights from a recent conversation with Shulman Rogers Attorney Joy Eeinstein and Kathy Ogilvie of Restaurant People Cloud. COVID Vaccine Protocols for Restaurants Q1. Can Restaurants Mandate Vaccines? A1. Yes, restaurants can mandate that employees get them, so long as you have exceptions for strongly held religious beliefs and disabilities,...

National Restaurant Association: FAQ's Restaurant Revitalization Grants

April 9, 2021
National Restaurant Association: FAQ's Restaurant Revitalization Grants On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 created the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide grants for restaurants sustaining financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is administering the program, and will be issuing the necessary federal rules, regulations, and applications before grant funds are distributed. This frequently asked questions (FAQ) resource will be updated as the SBA releases information on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund...

Resources for Addressing AAPI Violence & Discrimination

March 23, 2021
Sharing this AAPI Resources Guide that our friends at Common Threads put together. Visit the Common Threads AAPI page for a full list of resources Report a hate crime Stop AAPI Hate Celebrating AAPI Culture 12 Ways to Enrich Kids’ Appreciation of Asian-Pacific American Culture (U.S. Department of Education) Asian Reflections on the American Landscape (U.S. Department of the Interior) Bystander Intervention Trainings Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago Hollaback! Mental Health Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Asian American Health Initiative Asian Mental Health...

"In It Together" OpenTable Webinar Series

April 29, 2020
OpenTable’s In it Together with Chief Operating Officer Andrea Johnston is a weekly webinar series where she discusses the state of the industry with leaders in hospitality. It’s a place to create community and seek advice during these uncertain times. Email us at inittogether@opentable.com if you have questions or discussion topics that you’d like to see in future webinars. Register here for future webinars in the series! - - - Previous On-Demand Webinars Available: April 29, 2020: Andrea spoke with Dan Simons , co-owner of Founding Farmers Restaurant Group, and his...

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